Cats To Play in Canes & Cardinal Classic

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State women’s golf team will have its final tune-up before the Big 12 Championship as it plays in the Canes & Cardinal Classic in Miami Lakes, Fla., on April 7-8. Both days feature 7 a.m. (CDT) shotgun starts on the par 72, 6,210-yard Senator Course at Don Shula’s Golf Club.

Michelle Regan, Kali Quick, Abbi Sunner, Hailey Mireles and Elise Houtz will make up the K-State line-up for the fourth straight tournament this spring and the sixth time this season. The Wildcats will also take Morgan Moon and Emily Houtz, who will play in the tournament as individuals.

The Wildcats are making their second trip of the spring to the state of Florida. They played in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla., on Feb. 18-19.

Tournament Information
Monday-Tuesday, April 7-8
Monday (36 holes) - shotgun start at 7 a.m. (CDT)
Tuesday (18 holes) - shotgun start at 7 a.m. (CDT)

Don Shula’s Golf Club Par 72/6,210 yds
Miami Lakes, Fla. Hosted by Miami, Louisville

Teams (18): Boise State, College of Charleston, Florida
International, Furman, Georgia State, Kansas State,
Louisville, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi
State, Missouri, Notre Dame, South Florida, Tulsa

Wildcat Line-Up
Michelle Regan Sr. Prairie Village, Kan. 76.84
Kali Quick Sr. Nampa, Idaho 77.20
Abbi Sunner So. Ankeny, Iowa 78.76
Hailey Mireles Sr. Garden City, Kan. 79.52
Morgan Moon (Ind.) So. Amarillo, Texas 81.27
Elise Houtz Fr. Manhattan, Kan. 81.94
Emily Houtz (Ind.) Fr. Manhattan, Kan. 84.50

Don Shula’s Golf Club
Don Shula’s Golf Club features the Senator Course, a par 72, 6,210-yard course in Miami Lakes, Fla. It was opened in 1962 and designed by Bill Watts. The Senator Course features a course rating of 72.3 and a slope rating of 129.

A Look at the Field
The Wildcats are a combined 5-8 against the Canes & Cardinal Classic field. The field boasts six different squads ranked in Golfweek’s Top 50 in Notre Dame (25), Louisville (28), Tulsa (33), Furman (34), Georgia State (36) and Missouri (48). Both Louisville and Furman have six wins this season over schools in Golfweek’s Top 25.

Last Time Out
Kali Quick shot even par in her final round as the Kansas State women’s golf team finished in a tie for 13th at the Mountain View Intercollegiate. The Wildcats carded a 19-over par 307 in their last 18 holes on the par 72, 6,178-yard Mountain View Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz., to finish five strokes out of the top 10.

Indiana hung on to its two-round lead by shooting a 3-over par 291 Sunday, the best team round of the day, to win the tournament by nine strokes over San Jose State. The Hoosiers’ also had the top individual in the tournament in Lauren Harling. Harling was able to make up four strokes on San Jose State’s Erica Moston in the final 18 holes to win the tournament by a stroke with her final tally of 1-under par 215.

Quick’s final-round 72 moved her up from a tie for 43rd after two rounds and into the top 20. The senior from Nampa, Idaho, brought home her fifth top-20 of the season, and the 72 was her lowest round of this spring.

Elise Houtz moved 10 spots up the leaderboard, carding a 3-over par 75 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 43rd. The freshman’s 75 was tied for the lowest round of her career, and the tournament total of 228 was the lowest 54-hole score of her career by four strokes. The finish of a tie for 43rd was her best placing in the three spring tournaments Houtz has played in.

Sunshine State Tour
The trip to Miami Lakes, Fla., for the Canes & Cardinal Classic willl mark the second time the Wildcats are playing in the Sunshine State this spring. They previously participated in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla., on Feb. 18-19.

The last time the Wildcats made two trips to Florida in the same season was in 2003-04. K-State finished third in the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational field at Palm Harbor, Fla., in the fall portion of its schedule. The Wildcats followed that effort up with a third-place finish in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. during the spring.

Wildcat Gimmies
Seniors Kali Quick and Michelle Regan and sophomore Abbi Sunner have been the top three Wildcat finishers together in five of K-State’s nine tournaments this season. The trio also boasts the best three scoring averages on the season and a combined 12 top-20 showings among them. Regan owns a stroke average of 76.84, while Quick checks in at 77.20 and Sunner at 78.76.

On the season, Quick has led the Wildcats in five tournaments, while Regan has been the top Wildcat in three and fellow senior Hailey Mireles one.

While Quick, Regan, Sunner, and Mireles have played in every tournament this year, the fifth spot in the Wildcat line-up has been up for grabs throughout the season. Junior Krista Nelson has claimed that spot in two tournaments, sophomore Morgan Moon also has two appearances and freshman Elise Houtz has made the trip five different times.